TNA IMPACT Wrestling Wrestlers of the Week 10.31.13
By Neil Borenstein
Each week here at 1wrestling.com, I will select three of the top wrestlers from TNA’s IMPACT Wrestling and present them to you in inverse order as the show’s Wrestlers of the Week. In choosing the show’s top three superstars, performances from that week’s IMPACT Wrestling and any relevant preceding programming – such as Pay-Per-Views – will be taken into consideration.
TNA IMPACT Wrestling Wrestlers of the Week for October 31, 2013
3. Gail Kim — for retaining the Knockouts Championship against ODB with yet another distraction from Lei’D Tapa:
Gail Kim’s recent alliance with Lei’D Tapa has directly led to her becoming the new Knockouts Champion at Bound For Glory and even picking up a tag team victory last week on IMPACT Wrestling. It is a big advantage for Kim to have Tapa in her corner, especially since she was already fairly dangerous based on her own in-ring skill.
Looming was a rematch with ODB, the former champion. ODB wasn’t pleased with the manner in which she lost the title at Bound For Glory, and she was determined to get it back on this week’s edition of IMPACT Wrestling. For all her determination, ODB would still have to worry about Tapa being a presence in the match, and that once again led to her downfall.
ODB got a near fall when a Thesz Press off the middle rope netted a two count, and she followed with a front suplex to Kim after seating her on the top turnbuckle. When she went for another cover, though, Tapa hopped the apron and distracted the referee. That enabled Kim to roll ODB up — and even use the ropes for added leverage — to score the pinfall and retain the Knockouts Championship.
Tapa wasn’t the same presence she had been in Kim’s previous matches, but the threat of her being there and causing an actual distraction still aided Kim in winning the match. Someone will likely need to deal with Tapa first if they have any hopes of dethroning Kim.
2. The BroMans — for holding onto their newly won World Tag Team Titles against former champions James Storm and Gunner:
The BroMans were surprise winners at Bound For Glory when they first won a preshow gauntlet match to earn a shot at the TNA World Tag Team Championships, and then came through to take the titles from James Storm and Gunner on the main card. It was the highlight of their still young partnership, and elevated their status from the laughing stock of the tag team division to needing to be taken just a bit more seriously.
One team that definitely took the duo of Robbie E. and Jessie Godderz more seriously is that of Storm and Gunner. Those two had their sights set on taking back the tag straps, and their rematch came on this week’s program.
After hitting the Closing Time, Storm was ready to hit the Last Call Super Kick on Godderz, but Robbie E. pulled his partner out of the ring. Storm yanked Godderz back up to the apron and went to suplex him back in the ring. Robbie E. grabbed Storm’s leg to trip him up, though, and he held onto the leg as Godderz laid on top of him for the cover to get the three count.
The BroMans were once again underhanded in that win, and that’s likely to be the case in most of their matches. If the referee doesn’t see it and it keeps the titles around their waists, though, it’s hard to knock the strategy.
1. Magnus — for earning the final slot in the World Heavyweight Championship tournament by winning a Gauntlet Battle Royal:
Magnus’ attitude went from down in the dumps to on top of the world when he pulled out a victory over Sting at Bound For Glory. The 26-year old rising star hit a bump in the road when he couldn’t win the Bound for Glory Series and allowed Bad Influence to get the better of him. But a challenge from “The Icon” and subsequent victory over him had Magnus feeling pretty high on himself — to the point of being just a bit arrogant.
Magnus ruffled some feathers when he was a bit unsportsmanlike toward Sting during his postmatch celebration at the pay-per-view, and it was a moment he apologized for last week on IMPACT Wrestling. For Sting, it was no big deal, but it was clear that Mangus was starting to get a bit high on himself.
That newfound confidence would come in handy when he took part in the Gauntlet Battle Royal set up by Dixie Carter to determine the eighth participant in a World Heavyweight Championship tournament also developed by Carter. Sting, who was never supposed to be allowed another heavyweight title shot again, was granted a spot in this bout as perhaps his one last opportunity to earn a crack at that belt. And he came pretty close to getting the job.
Unfortunately, Magnus was ever the opportunist. When it came down to Bad Influence’s Christopher Daniels and Kazarian and the Main Event Mafia’s Sting and Magnus, Magnus was able to eliminate Daniels with a closeline over the top rope. Then, with Sting and Kazarian battling near the ropes, Magnus flipped Sting over to eliminate both of them in order to be the last one standing.
Magnus was thrilled with his victory, while Sting looked on in complete shock that Magnus went that route. It’s clear that Magnus is breaking away a bit from Sting and that the issues between these two are not yet settled. But while Sting tries to piece that together, Magnus can now make a run at trying to claim the vacant World Heavyweight Championship created by Carter.